Pune Bus Day

1st November 2012 was observed as the ‘Bus Day’ in Pune. This movement was supported by the Sakaal media. Most of the Puneities traveled by public transport to support this initiative. It got a massive response from the residents of Pune.


As it was observed for the first time a huge inauguration took place, at the Deccan Gymkhana Bus depot. Official flagging off ceremony took place at 8:30 a.m. Sakaal Times Group chairman lit the traditional torch with the support of several politicians. A festive atmosphere was created as the local dhol tasha group and brass band played their tunes, even balloons and confetti were released in air. A similar situation took place at Nigdi bus depot. Some of the buses were decorated with ribbons and balloons.
On Thursday morning around 2,500 buses were deployed all over the city. The number of private vehicles was very low, only the areas where the connectivity and the frequency of the bus were limited were compelled to bring their private vehicles on road. Even three- wheelers were restricted in most of the areas.

Commuters were welcomed with a Pune Bus Day flag and were also greeted with flowers. More than 15,000 people volunteered this movement. People were seen boarding the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) to their workplaces, colleges, schools from early morning. The Managing Director of Sakaal Media Group, Abhijeet Pawar also boarded a bus from his home to workplace.

There was a positive response from the Rajiv Gandhi InfoTech, Hinjewadi too. The IT Park which normally is flooded with traffic had a different view on Thursday. Traffic was very low, Mrityunjay Singh, President of Hinjewadi Industries Association told Sakaal Times, “The bus day has evoked great response. This means there is a definite solution to tackle the growing traffic menace in Pune. The government must buy more buses and strengthen the PMPML fleet. This is the only solution to tackle this problem.”
Positive as well as negative responses were encountered; most of the people were upset that this excitement could be seen only for one day. The conductors were well behaved, polite and returned the change just because it was Bus Day. Frequency of the buses increased only for one day. People were also excited that more and more people responded to this initiative, so that the traffic menace could be solved, petrol money could be saved.
The main purpose of the Pune Bus Day was to reduce the traffic, to control the increasing pollution. Only with the support of the Puneities and the PMPML this task could be achieved. Similar response and support is required on daily bases, so that Pune would definitely be ‘Green and Clean’.





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